By Cynthia Bretheim, Bloomington Center Wellness Coordinator
Our students are, of course, quite used to watching shows and people’s videos on the web. The web also is a fantastic resource for exercises and routines. By using the many materials available online, it helps make instruction feel less confrontational—there is so much talking we staff do, after all. Watching, listening, moving and having fun together helps us focus in the body and out of our over-used, routine, linear thinking.
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The routine uses Brain Gym postures—the cross crawl is great for coordinating the body and focusing the mind. It’s easy to follow and doesn’t need narration. The ending cross-arm/ankles position is very comforting—something we all need from time to time.
The Bloomington Wellness group sessions have been gearing up to compensate for less walking in the winter air. We use a lot based on Brain Gym exercises, which cross the center line of the body in order to break old patterns, adjust to novel movement and strengthen new muscle groups while having fun. These moves also help to focus the mind—a great skill for studying! We’ve turned them into dance moves to blues and country tunes and movie soundtracks, but any good music will do. Variety in tempo and temperament help us become aware of the shift in feeling in our own bodies.
Thanks to our fantastic intern, Amanda, we’ve been known to do the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” which helps us concentrate, stick together, coordinate and do cross moves all at once (not to mention getting down some good dance moves). Dancing is a great social and physical activity that is useful and fun for all the varieties of students we have—having some good male instructors online, even the guys have gotten in on it!
Boot Scootin’ Boogie